Aug 9th, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Crassula muscosa, commonly known as the rattail crassula or watch chain succulent. This plant belongs to the Crassulaceae or jade plant family and is native to Africa and Namibia. This Crassula has tiny green succulent leaves that stack on top of each other. The stems initially grow straight up and then trail down as they grow. Crassula muscosa is a bushy perennial in warmer climates.
Let’s talk about care. When it comes to caring for your rat tail crassula there are a few tips and tricks that will help them thrive indoors. This succulent grows best in full sun or bright light indoor, giving it the sunniest spot in your house is highly recommended. If you decide to grow this plant outdoors for the summer, place it in a bright light but not direct sun as this could scorch the leaves. Crassula, like all succulents need a well-draining potting soil that isn’t going to stay damp. Sol Soils Cactus Coco Grit is a great option for all succulents. It is a sharply draining mix that allows for just enough water retention, but significant drainage. Water your Crassula when the soil is dry all the way through. In the summer this could be up to once a week depending on the conditions; cut back significantly in the winter. Believe it or not this tiny leaved plant does produce tiny white flowers which appear on the stems between the leaves. Common pests to keep an eye out for include mealy bugs, thrips, and scale. Make sure to have a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment. Check for pests weekly when watering.